Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Blind Items Revealed #43 - Guess The Athlete (Two Reveals)

March 12, 2018

#1

Guess the athlete time again. Real sport. Big sport. World stage level sport. One of the dirtiest sports out there. Has been for some time and still is today. If you do not cheat, you simply have no chance to win in this sport. And if you do not cheat, that means you simply do not WANT to win in this sport!!

Well, not always it seems....

Our athlete today is one of the most genetically gifted athletes walking the Earth today. Our athlete was not expected to get this far in their sport. But they are approaching their prime and they are just getting better. They are not a household name, but two years from now, they will be.

Our athlete is both feared and respected by their opponents. Feared because their career is starting to approach the phase of going from chasing records, to setting records. Possibly some very, very big ones. Records their teammates and opponents have no chance to beat.

And respected because they are one of the rare athletes who are respected by most of their peers and teammates for starting to become the best in the sport... all the while doing it cleanly.

Being a good athlete, though, does not make you a household name. But doing so with an incredibly charming, yet humble personality, and great looks does. This athlete hit the genetic lottery there too.

Some of you may have heard of this athlete or may be able to figure out who this athlete is. Two years from now you will all know this athlete. And your children will too. They will want to BE this athlete.



#2

One of the all time greats is how this athlete is described. This athlete is retired, but alive. The sport is one of the biggest sports in certain parts of the world, if not the biggest. And within this sport, our athlete is a big name. Not the biggest, but still big.

Strangely though, unlike other athletes mentioned, this athlete wasn’t very gifted in the genetics department. Even on paper, there wasn’t anything, any metric that would even be considered average within their sport. Certainly no drugs were used to get ahead. This athlete looked more like a high school science teacher than an athlete at their peak. Today, they would more closely resemble a truck driver if you saw them in person.

So how exactly did they dominate their sport for so long? We’ll answer that in a second.

This sport has been a breeding ground for cheating since its inception. Heck, Arguably the BIGGEST case of cheating in sports EVER happened within this sport. But as the sport grew and the ways to cheat were discovered, rules were made. Lots of rules.

There was one rule that was made a long, long time ago about a very specific ways to cheat. There was a specific incident that lead to this rule change. This rule was made before anyone reading this was even born. This rule is heavily enforced to this day.

Yet our athlete broke this rule every day in their career and not until their later career did anyone even suspect anything. Athletes in this sport today ask the athlete how they did it and how they never got caught. The athlete will simply just coyly wink and slyly say “there’s no cheating in this sport, haven’t you heard?”.

#1 - Tori Bowie
#2 - Greg Maddux

22 comments:

MLW Disclosure said...

Give 'em the old spitball, Greg!

sandybrook said...

I don't think Greg Maddux was ever accused of cheating because pitchers were basically overlooked (except for Roger Clemens) as doing steroids. Roger got caught, I think he's the only pitcher that got accused and caught.

T. W. said...

@Enty

Thank you!!!

I have heard of Torie Bowie and she is good.

I don't follow baseball.

sandybrook said...

T.W. Enty and the Enterns read every comment. Sometimes they react to what they read.

Wendy said...

Tori Bowie is an amazing sprinter. We will see her in 2020, can't wait. I love watching the track and field events

Fairylights said...

I had never heard of either of them, but I will watching for Torie Bowie at the next olympics.

Cail Corishev said...

@sandybrook, Yeah, I remember when people said, "Well, the big power hitters might be juicing, but pitchers would never do that. They need to be flexible, not muscular!" We were pretty naive, and there were lots of logical-sounding reasons for thinking surely it wasn't as bad as it was, but it was.

T. W. said...

@Sandybrook

Thanks. I think it is wise for them to at least read the comments. Then they know what to share on the site.

If one more person asks why they don't call the cops on certain people I will scream. The answer is obvious if people take time to think about it.

T. W. said...

@Fairylights

Torie is awesome!

sandybrook said...

Maddux didn't even look like a juicer, but then much later neither did Ryan Braun, who got caught (twice?)

Ann said...

There are plenty of pitchers taking PED’s. It will get you a brief uptick in velocity right before you need Tommy John surgery.

Not too smart in the long run.

Unknown said...

What was the one rule about a specific way to cheat? And what was the incident that led to it?

Unknown said...

Now that I researched, I don't think Maddux took 'roads; it looks like he pitched spitballs, which has been a violation since the the 20s and someone was killed by one.

Killerelitexl said...

I don’t think he enjoyed chemical enhancements. I think he physically tainted the balls.

sammolicious13 said...

why does it have to be roids? why not some good 'ole fashioned spitballs/Vaseline on the ball? makes sense if it's a long held rule...in the 1920s is when it sounds like it was outlawed. There was a gruesome death by a spitball in August 1920, and maddux was accused of throwing a spitball by Cliff Floyd at some point.

BMBT said...

Greg must’ve used an emery board (nail file).

Lurky McLurkster said...

Don't forget Pettitte got caught too

Brayson87 said...

Cheating in sports is a winning strategy, otherwise nobody would do it. Judging from baseball's declining popularity they'd do better to convert those stadiums to soccer fields.

hunter said...

Tori Bowie looks absolutely magnificent in pics, holy crap her form, her physique - her body is total goals. She looks amazing.

Mhdz said...

Already a fan of Tori Bowie, now that I read this, I'm a superfan.

redfishbluefish said...

As a die-hard baseball fan (just catching up on the late night reveals), this one actually surprised me AND didn't surprise me at the same time. It makes me sad. The Professor was supposed to be one of the good guys. My DOG is named Maddux for cryin' out loud!! But I agree with those of you who said it wasn't steriods -- he was messing with the ball somehow if this is true. He pitched in the era of hitters juicing, so I could see him trying to get a leg (arm?) up. Still. Ugh. No one could locate a pitch like Maddux...watching him pitch was a thing of beauty. I'm going to go forget I ever read this blind......

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